Catterick Racecourse prepares for busy festive schedule

Racing at Catterick. Photo: Louise Pollard/Racingfotos.com

Catterick Racecourse is preparing for three National Hunt fixtures scheduled to take place over the festive period.

The festivities begin with Christmas at Catterick on December 19, when the Christmas lights will be up, and the course will welcome the choir from St Francis Xavier School in Richmond to sing Christmas carols for racegoers ahead of the first race.

The Injured Jockey’s Fund will be at the course with a selection of Christmas gifts and stocking fillers suitable for racing enthusiasts.

Emma Stevenson, general commercial manager, said: “We’re delighted to welcome St Francis Xavier School Choir to the racecourse for Christmas at Catterick.

“The 19th December marks the first of our festive fixtures and hearing the carols being sung as racegoers arrive creates such a joyous atmosphere.”

With seven races scheduled, sponsored by Hillcrest Home Care, Nawton Racing Club and Vickers Bet, the racing action on December 19 gets underway at 12.30pm, with the gates opening to the public at 10.30am.

Next up on the calendar is the Sky Bet Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday, December 28.

Raceday sponsors Sky Bet have supported all six races on the day, with the first race due to take place at 12.30pm and the last scheduled for 3.25pm.

Sky Bet head of sports PR, Michael Shinners, said: “We’re delighted to be once again sponsoring at Catterick on the 28th December.

“It’s always a great atmosphere over the Christmas period and we look forward to seeing some competitive National Hunt racing.”

On December 28, the gates will open to the public from 10.30am, and racegoers wearing a Christmas Jumper on the day will be given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a Christmas stocking full of goodies, including a voucher for two grandstand and paddock admission tickets to a meeting of the winner’s choice at Catterick Bridge in 2024.

In addition, every equine winner on the day will receive a Christmas stocking full of goodies – the horses’ stockings, however, will be filled with carrots and polos!

Together with Sky Bet, the racecourse has also arranged a small Christmas gift for every member of stable staff working on the day to say thank you for all their hard work over the Christmas period.

The festive race days will culminate with racing on New Year’s Day, as Catterick Racecourse hosts the first fixture of the 2024 Yorkshire racing calendar.

Tickets will be available will be available to purchase at the gates at each meeting, while advanced booking discounts are available up until 48 hours prior to each race day, either online at catterickbridge.co.uk or by calling the racecourse office on 01748 811478.

Under 18’s are admitted free of charge and there is a complimentary shuttle bus service from Richmond Market Place approximately one hour prior to the first race each day.